Back to Roots : 17 Hinduism

It’s interesting to see how everything is linked to each other. The word Hindu is derived from Hindustan. While in Persia it’s referred to as Hind which also means hindostam. Researching little more on the name, I came to know  the actual term of  ‘hindu’ whenit first occurred, “a Persian geographical term for the people who lived beyond the river Indus (Sanskrit: Sindhu)”, more specifically in the 6th-century BCE inscription of Darius I. The Punjab region, called Sapta Sindhu in the Vedas, is called Hapta Hindu in Zend Avesta stated Gavin Flood.

Hinduism was originally known as one of oldest and the largest religion, it dates back to 4,000 year old beliefs. When migrants from indus valley civilization were came and mingled with normal people. More than just being a religion it deal with how one can live well.  Hinduism is the rule to live the life we are leading.

The exact origin is still questionable, however many healers and gurus have contribute to it. From time to time the concept to hinduism is defined.

There are many sacred sects written about hinduism and scholars have defined it in their own way. Some of the famous ones that we know are as follows :

The Rig Veda   The Samaveda      Yajurveds Atharvaveda. However ,apart from these books there are a few more that contribute to the list, which is as follows ,18 Puranas, Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita,  Ramayana and Mahabharata are also considered important texts in Hinduism.They have enough knowledge and essence.

It’s interesting to see that there are many interesting arms to hinduism Om and Swatik are both very powerful symbols. Both these symbols are used during performaning any scared yagna . Om carried 3 important sounds – a,u,m. And Swatik amplies the power to the entire process when and where it’s used  or In puja. Talking about god’s in Hinduism there are 30 milion god with Brahma being the focal point.

Hinduism’s key thought is “atman,” or the belief in soul. This philosophy holds that living creatures have a soul, and they’re all part of the supreme soul. The goal is to achieve “moksha,” or salvation, which ends the cycle of rebirths to become part of the absolute soul.

One fundamental principle of the religion is the idea that people’s actions and thoughts directly determine their current life and future lives.
Hindus strive to achieve dharma, which is a code of living that emphasizes good conduct and morality.
Hindus revere all living creatures and consider the cow a sacred animal.Food is an important part of life for Hindus. There are so many small and big aspects of Hinduism that makes it one of the oldest and largest religion.

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